Airport Futures is a collaborative effort between the City of Portland, Port of Portland and the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan community to create a long-range development plan for Portland International Airport (PDX) and the surrounding area through 2035. A 30-member community Planning Advisory Group is currently crafting three major products:
1) PDX Master Plan: Updated aviation forecasts suggest a significantly slower rate of growth than the 2000 Master Plan estimated. To accommodate projected modest airport growth in the most sustainable way, the Port will maximize use of the existing terminal area through operational efficiencies. Limited development of the terminal, roadway and airfield is envisioned. A third parallel runway is well beyond the planning horizon.
2) City Land Use Plan: The Airport Futures Plan recognizes the importance of PDX to the regional economy by providing the Port with certainty that PDX will be allowed to operate and configure airport facilities in response to changing needs. The plan recognizes the potential impacts of airport growth on natural resources, traffic and noise by requiring mitigation, and it assures the community that significant new development (e.g., a third parallel runway) will involve a future planning process and Portland City Council approval.
3) Ongoing Public Involvement: An ongoing public advisory committee for PDX is proposed to be established in the fall 2010. The mission is to support meaningful public dialogue and engagement, allow the community to inform PDX decision-making and raise public awareness about PDX and impacted neighborhoods. The Port of Portland, City of Portland and City of Vancouver will sponsor this committee.
The Planning Advisory Group is expected to make a formal recommendation on these three products to the City of Portland and Port of Portland in early spring 2010. For more information and updates to the schedule, visit www.pdxairportfutures.com.